Interning with the DPO is a great way to get an insider view of Oregon politics. Whether you are trying to decide if you would like to pursue a career in politics, explore nonprofit fundraising or just want to try something new, this internship with DPO is a great way to network and gain first-hand experience. Our Development intern will gain valuable skills and insight into fundraising, donor cultivation, event planning, and database management.
The environment at the DPO is also an egalitarian, team-oriented, and supportive place to learn. We take interest in our interns’ professional goals and to strive to make their experience at the DPO as mutually beneficial as possible. Upon completion of the internship, interns will receive letters of recommendation, references, and resume reviews.
The Development intern will work closely with the Development Director and Operations Director on projects including:
- Plan, promote, and execute major donor events, such as the Wayne Morse Gala, The Oregon Summit, or other events.
- Donor research and prospecting
- Grassroots monthly donor membership drives
- Data entry and integrity
- Attend DPO events and work with guest speakers and elected officials
In addition to the above, DPO interns also help:
- Assist and attend staff meetings, trainings, service events and other DPO projects as needed
- Perform basic office functions such as answering phones, responding to messages, and data entry
- Receive guests and volunteers as they enter the office, answer general questions
- Participate in grassroots efforts, such as phone banks, canvasses, and voter registration drives
This internship will last 3-6 months, according to each applicant’s schedule. Interns are expected to work occasional evening and weekend events and activities, with a set schedule during the 9-5 work week based off the interns availability. The ideal start date is in the beginning of January, although finding the best mutual fit is paramount and we are willing to work with the ideal candidate’s scheduling needs.
The DPO maintains a business casual work environment, and interns are required to dress and act appropriately. The majority of contact that the DPO has with the public is through phone calls, walk-ins, and organizational meetings. Interns must act professional and accommodating to callers or guests who come to the office.
An ideal intern has:
- Previous involvement in a Democratic county party, Democratic candidate campaign, or activism in a progressive cause is preferred
- Acute attention to detail is an absolute must
- Keen social and critical thinking skills
- A passion for Democratic Politics
- Ability to work independently
- Commitment to maintaining office standards of confidentiality and discretion
- Ability to be fluid with job duties and responsibilities
- A can-do attitude and enthusiasm for the task at hand
- Familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel
- Comfort with making calls and solicitations
- An interest in learning about fundraising, compliance with federal election law, event planning and management.
The Development Internship is an unpaid position.
Please email a one-page resume, one-page cover letter, and three professional references to DPO Operations Director, Candy Emmons at [email protected]. The DPO is an equal opportunity office and especially encourages those with diverse backgrounds to apply. Those seeking college credit through their college or university must get pre-approval from their department advisor.